Lifelong Learning announces Spring Lectures and Hot Topics

Posted Jan 11th, 2018 by Helene Sheets  Category: Education, Events


This spring, the Lourdes University Lifelong Learning program is offering a fun lineup of lectures and hot topics. The events are held monthly at the Franciscan Center of Lourdes University, 6832 Convent Blvd., in Sylvania.

•Lectures are from 10 to 11 a.m. with refreshments offered at 9:15 a.m. Free for members and first-time visitors.
•Hot Topics are offered from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and include a lunch of soup, sandwiches and dessert. $10 for members per meeting; $15 non-members. Purchase the entire Hot Topic series: $36 for members; $56 non-members

Friday, January 19

Protesting in America

Featuring Lourdes University Associate Professor of Psychology Thomas Estrella and Lourdes University Chair of Sociology & Justice Studies Dale Lanigan

During the 2016 NFL season, Colin Kaepernick ignited a firestorm of controversy when he began “taking a knee” during the playing of the National anthem. President Trump made his disdain for these actions public and a debate raged over the role of protests in American life.

Join Lourdes Professors Thomas Estrella and Dale Lanigan as they explore issues of free speech and public debate. Does the First Amendment allow for unlimited speech? Are some forms of speech so hurtful that they should be regulated? Sparks are sure to fly when these two academics clash from opposite ends of the political spectrum.

Hot Topic: Benefits and Opportunities of Engaging in Your Community

Featuring Emily Avery, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, United Way of Greater Toledo

United Way of Greater Toledo works to improve lives in our community. United Way is focused on ensuring all individuals have equal access to a quality education, a healthy lifestyle and financial stability. The organization tackles big problems on a local level. Learn about the problems faced, solutions and ways to get involved.

Friday, February 16

Visit with Johnny Appleseed

Featuring Historical Interpreter Doug Bahnsen

Legends tell of a man who walked barefoot through Ohio’s worst snows, wore a saucepan on his head and scattered seeds. Stories of Johnny Appleseed are based on the life of John Chapman, a frontiersman who traveled through Ohio and Indiana in the early 1800s. Chapman did more than plant orchards though. He was also an early environmentalist, missionary and real estate investor. He exemplified respect, simplicity and kindness throughout his life.

Johnny Appleseed is portrayed by Doug Bahnsen whose love of early American history helps bring historical characters to life through stories, songs and humor. Bahnsen has been an historical interpreter for more than 25 years, focusing on American leaders who have addressed social, economic and environmental injustices.

Hot Topic: Modern Crime…Safety & Awareness

Featuring Sergeant Justin Music, City of Sylvania Police Division

Criminals today use the telephone and internet in sophisticated scams. Don’t be a victim – learn about strategies to protect yourself. Sergeant Justin Music from the City of Sylvania Police Division presents an overview of ways to protect yourself and discusses the patterns and crimes the police are seeing. This interactive presentation gives you easy-to-follow skills to be confident when faced with potential victimization.

Friday, March 16

Spring Migration in NW Ohio: Marketing the Warbler Capital of the World

Featuring Kimberly Kaufman, Executive Director of Black Swamp Bird Observatory

Each May, birders from around the world flock to northwest Ohio for Black Swamp Bird Observatory’s “Biggest Week in American Birding.” Timed to coincide with the peak of songbird migration through the area, the Biggest Week connects birders with one of the greatest concentrations of migratory birds in the western hemisphere. In her presentation, Kimberly Kaufman explains why the birds are here and how much the visiting birds mean to our local economy.

Kaufman is the Executive Director of Black Swamp Bird Observatory (BSBO). She played a key role in building BSBO’s school programs. She also founded the highly successful Ohio Young Birders Club, a group for teenagers that has served as a model for youth programs in 16 other states. Kaufman has co-authored two books, received several awards recognizing her work in education and conservation, and pens a monthly column for Birds and Blooms magazine.

Hot Topic: From Apathetic to Advocate

We may know that disadvantaged people in our area have problems; but often we do not take action. Susan Sneider shares her personal story and journey of self-discovery from a suburban grandmother with blinders to an advocate for the homeless. Hear how working with Toledo’s homeless population has changed her life and outlook. Stepping out of a comfort zone is not for the faint of heart!

Friday, April 20

The American Irish – America’s First Unwanted Immigrants

Featuring Dr. Seamus Metress, Professor of Anthropology, The University of Toledo

Unlike other immigrant groups, the Irish came to America in several historically distinct stages. Their emigration began early in the 1700s, prior to the American Revolution, when they left an island dominated by British colonialism only to arrive in a British colony where they endured the same anti-Irish prejudice they had fled. Although each wave of emigration was driven by different conditions – one of which included the Great Starvation – those arriving on America’s shores encountered opposition that required adjustment.

Dr. Seamus Metress takes the listener on their varied journeys and their attempts to make it in America. At The University of Toledo, Metress teaches the “Irish-American Experience” as well as “Conflict in Northern Ireland.” He also writes on Irish issues and has done fieldwork in Ireland’s six northern counties. Metress is presently completing a book – The American Irish and Their Journey: America’s First Unwanted Immigrants – co-authored with his wife Dr. Eileen Metress, a Professor Emeritus at The University Toledo.

Hot Topic: 911 First Responders Memorial

Featuring Jeff Clegg, President, Toledo Memorial Park

A 13,000-pound beam from the wreckage of the World Trade Center was brought to Toledo. That beam became the centerpiece of the 911 First Responders Memorial at Toledo Memorial Park. Jeff Clegg, President at Toledo Memorial Park, discusses how this memorial evolved from an idea to a tangible symbol and reminder of a first responder’s commitment and sacrifice.

Thursday, May 17

Creating Laughter with Others – An Introduction to Improv

Featuring Nick Morgan, Director, Toledo Repertoire Theatre’s Improv Program

“Laughter is the best medicine” may be a cliché, but we do feel better after a good laugh. How long can a few laughs sustain us before whatever is truly ailing us resurfaces? If laughter is the best medicine, then improvisational comedy or the act of creating laughter with others can be a cure. Far more impactful than simply getting some laughs, improv offers a new approach to interacting with other people.

Nick Morgan introduces the core principles of improvisation and leads us in a wide range of improv exercises and games. Morgan is the Director of the Improv Program at the Toledo Repertoire Theatre and also produces and performs in “The Monthly” improv show at The Valentine Theatre every final Friday of the month. A Toledo native, he began his comedy career in Chicago, training at The Second City and the iO Theater.

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